The coronavirus pandemic has brought so many difficulties and problems to lives and economies around the world. A lockdown has been imposed in India starting March 25. Before the lockdown, several state governments had announced that theatres will be shut to stop the spread of the virus.
As a result, the release of several movies has also been pushed back. Moreover, film events and many film festivals have also been delayed. As per the recent update, During the post-lockdown period, the cinema viewing experience will undergo major changes.
Reportedly, over the past few days, different departments of cinema including production, distribution, and exhibition chains have been holding virtual conferences to discuss the details of the post lockdown phase.
An exhibitor in an interview said that fighting the fear in the minds of the audience has been a major point of discussion. Post lockdown theatres will be practicing social distancing by keeping seats vacant between groups, individuals, or couples, making masks and sanitizers compulsory. They will also be sanitizing common areas and will provide PPE kits for the staff.
Cinema hall owners feel that the post lockdown scenarios will be tricky. They feel it will be a slow run for the first few months. Meanwhile, business owners have reached out to ministries for monetary help.